Drop-in Embroidery Clinic with Warehouse & DMC

Fancy learning a new skill  while breathing new life into clothes? Then head to Warehouse in Argyll Street on Tuesday 26 September 11am – 7pm, where I’ll be hosting a day of drop in embroidery sessions with DMC (the 270-year-old French embroidery thread brand that is used by fashion houses across the world). So, whether you…

Highs & Lows of Mashail Faqueeh

 Mashail Faqueeh is a self-taught embroidery artist who enjoys stitching all day and making beautiful things while watching TV shows and listening to podcasts.  She has recently reopened her online shop and has revamped her whole brand and of course has found some highs and lows along the way. Highs – I realised I’ve loved…

I Work, You Work, WeWork

Last Wednesday we ran an embroidery workshop where people could decorate a t-shirt. This time around the workshop took place in WeWork Coworking space in Hackney. Thank you again to DMC for supplying threads, Urban Fruit for all the delicious healthy snacks for all our attendees to enjoy and Absolute Apparel for providing cotton t-shirts…

Highs & Lows of Running a Business

Sometimes business isn’t as smooth as a satin stitch. I interviewed five textiles designers who have previously been featured on Embellished Talk about their highs and lows of running a business. Danielle Clough – Fiance Knowles I never expected to be in the textile industry and that my main medium would be fabric and thread,…

Exercise for Your Fingers

It’s 2017 a new year, a new slate to start on and you may or not have set resolutions; less sugar, more exercise, save money perhaps. If like me you want to make more textiles this year how about taking a short course in learning different techniques? Exercise for your fingers! Here’s a list of…

Talking Textiles

I came across one of Taiwo’s creations a few months ago at the Black Blossoms exhibition held at the University of Arts London. I was coincidentally listening to Frank Ocean’s Pink + White when I saw displayed her feathered clutch bag with synonymous colours. Taiwo Sonekan is a London based womenswear designer that designs clothes…

Time on Their Hands

“Fine Cell Work trains prisoners in paid, skilled, creative needlework undertaken in the long hours spent in their cells to foster hope, discipline and self esteem. This helps them to connect to society and to leave prison with the confidence and financial means to stop offending.” I met up with Kate the Commissions Consultant and…

When Art and Textiles Collide

Ingrid Ching was born in Hong Kong and moved to Australia during middle school to later venture on to America. She has recently graduated from studying Fashion Design and a Minor in Textiles at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. On many occasions she travels back and forth from Philly to NY because the…

Destiny City Threads

Mo Milligan creates embroidery designs that are a mixture of nature, quirky statements and one liners. Her hoop art is hand made in Tacoma, Washington. How did you get into embroidery? I grew up watching my Dad spend a lot of his spare time illustrating science-fiction comic book art. I’d accompany him on trips to…

How I Fell in Love With Textiles

  Wiktoria Nowak is a freelance textile designer from Poland, Łódź. How did you get into textiles? When I was in high school I wanted to study animation at a film school in Łódź but I didn’t pass the exams. I was really determined to stay in the city and study something else. A year later…

A Digital World

   ‘Rhianna Ellington is a young textile and surface pattern designer based in the United Kingdom. In 2013 she graduated from Leeds College of Art with a degree in printed textiles and surface pattern design. Since then, she’s been collecting, drawing, embellishing and designing patterns in her bright and airy studio. Her designs are inspired by colour…

Exploring World Textiles

“TIGRA TIGRA is a design studio and shop which re-contextualizes art & design made in developing parts of the world. TIGRA TIGRA work with independent craftspeople and women’s cooperatives in South Africa, eastern Namibia and Bosnia. Each piece is focused on the merger of ancient tradition, modern interpretation and experimental design.” How did the idea of TIGRA…